SPECIAL preparations are under way to throw a birthday party for one of the world’s oldest parrots — who is about to turn SEVENTY.
Sim (pictured), the ‘tune-whistling’ yellow-crowned green Amazonian parrot, is 69 years old and has been the mascot at Rouge Bouillon School for decades.
And with his landmark birthday just around the corner, staff at the school on the Channel Island of Jersey are planning a special celebration for the bird.
Tracy Lee, the school’s secretary, said Sim’s cage would be decked with bunting and he would be treated to a tasty snack of nuts.
She said his favourite food was walnuts, and described him as ‘fussy’ but he ‘likes apples and carrots too’.
Sim has seen lots in his time at Rouge Bouillon and even survived a fire that destroyed many of the school’s records in 1991.
‘He escaped unscathed,’ said Tracy. ‘He doesn’t like the fire alarm though now and squawks when it goes off.’
Sim has been at the school for three decades and previously lived in a shop called Briggs.
Tracy continued: ‘I’m 42 now and remember Sim when I was an eight-year-old girl going into Briggs to buy a Cindy doll.
‘He was donated to us after the store closed. The children love him and all come along and say hi.
‘He says hello and you’ll get a goodbye from him every now and again.
‘He likes to whistle tunes and makes a bit of a general mumbling noise. He’s passed by children all day, so the general noise of them chatting is what he hears.’
Yellow-crowned parrots are expected to live for up to 30 years in the wild. In captivity they can reach 80.
Tracy said New Era vets, which had looked after Sim in the past, informed the school that his birthday was approaching.